Colorado State University to Host Ambassadors’ Dialogue 2010 on Dec. 1: Korea in the Spotlight

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Colorado State University will host the Ambassadors’ Dialogue 2010: Korea in the Spotlight on Dec. 1 with His Excellency Han Duk-soo, Republic of Korea ambassador to the United States and former prime minister of the Republic of Korea, and Kathleen Stephens, United States ambassador to the Republic of Korea.

The Ambassadors’ Dialogue, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Bohemian Auditorium of Rockwell West, is free and open to the public. To RSVP, go to

Duk-soo and Stephens will share perspectives on their countries’ common interests and bilateral issues. They will discuss Korea’s new role in the global economy, the current security and economic situation on the Korean peninsula and the state of U.S.-Korea relations. Topics will include the recently concluded Seoul G-20 meeting, the status of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, security issues related to North Korea and a historical perspective on the role of business in transforming South Korea into a significant industrialized democracy.

“Korea is a major driving force in the world economy, and we welcome this opportunity for discussion of a broad spectrum of issues,” said Ajay Menon, dean of the College of Business at Colorado State.

“This is a unique opportunity for students, faculty and the Fort Collins community to learn more about the critical U.S.-Korea relationship,” said Jim Cooney, Colorado State vice provost for International Affairs.

The Ambassadors’ Dialogue is sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) based in Washington, D.C. KEI is a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1982 focused on all aspects of the U.S.-Korea relationship. One of KEI’s most important missions is to broaden and deepen understanding among Americans about developments in Korea and the value of the U.S.-Korea relationship.

The event has been organized by KEI with support from the College of Business and the Office of International Programs.